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The names "Bulgar", and "Bulgarian" most likely derive from a Turkic verb meaning "to mix." Ethnic Bulgarians trace their ancestry to the merging of Bulgars (or Proto-Bulgarians), a central Asian Turkic people, and Slavs, a central European people, beginning in the seventh century in what is now northeastern Bulgaria.
Besides ethnic Bulgarians, there are several ethnic minorities, the most numerous being Turks and Gypsies, with smaller numbers of Armenians, Jews, and others.
The population increased gradually for most of the twentieth century, but has decreased by more than 700,000 people since 1988.
This decline stems from out-migration and falling birthrates during the uncertain postsocialist period.
During the state socialist period, the crown (a symbol of monarchy) was replaced by a star.
After the fall of state socialism in 1989 the crown was replaced following a seven-year debate.
Gypsies speak Romany, an Indic language of the Indo-European language family.